Visual technique / style: Live-action cutscenes

Group Description

The technological advancements of CD-ROM media and real-time decompression allowed games in the late 1980s and early 1990s to use full motion video, primarily for cutscenes. In an attempt to make games more film-like, these cutscenes soon went beyond traditional animation or CGI rendering techniques and used traditional live-action film making, with real actors, props and sets. Widespread throughout the 1990s, this style of cinematics has now been all but abandoned, with a few notable exceptions like entries in Electronic Arts' Command & Conquer series.

This group collects games with such live-action elements. Note that the live-action footage need not always be a gameplay element, i.e. not all games in this group are necessarily "Interactive Movies".

Limitations:
  • The live-action footage must have been acquired through traditional film making techniques, using video or film cameras shooting at common frame rates like 24, 25 or 30 frames a second. The footage must also be shown within the game at similar film-like frame rates. Thus, games that feature digitized images of actors that are later animated are not to be included (example: Mortal Kombat);

  • The games must feature original footage. Sometimes, movie-based games contain scenes from the movie they are licensed from. These games are not to be included unless the footage, while shot during a motion picture shoot, was specifically intended for game usage (example: Enter the Matrix).

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Game TitleYearPlatformsorted in ascending orderPublisherUser Score
Zorro1995DOSCapstone Software3.07
Ibiza Babewatch2001WindowsCDV Software Entertainment AG4.00
The Cassandra Galleries1997Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xCorel Corporation2.12
MegaRace: MR32001PlayStation 2, WindowsDreamCatcher Interactive Inc.3.52
Solar Eclipse1995PlayStation, SEGA SaturnCrystal Dynamics, Inc.3.81
Off-World Interceptor19943DO, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnCrystal Dynamics, Inc.3.22
The Horde19943DO, DOS, FM Towns, PC-98, SEGA SaturnCrystal Dynamics, Inc.3.77
Noir: A Shadowy Thriller1996Windows 3.xCyberdreams, Inc.3.19
Area D1997Windows, Windows 3.xARI Data CD GmbH5.00
Gamera 20001997PlayStationDatei Digital Entertainment...
Saints Row IV: Enter the Dominatrix2013Linux, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Deep Silver3.43
Goosebumps: Escape from Horrorland1996WindowsDreamWorks Interactive L.L.C.3.43
Command & Conquer: Red Alert1996DOS, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, WindowsSony Computer Entertainment America, Inc.3.84
Point of View2001DVD Player, WindowsDigital Circus Entertainment, Inc.3.95
The Last Bounty Hunter19943DO, Arcade, CD-i, DOS, DVD Player, WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.4.37
Space Pirates19923DO, Arcade, DOS, DVD Player, WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.3.11
Mad Dog II: The Lost Gold19923DO, Arcade, CD-i, DOS, DVD Player, SEGA CD, WindowsAmerican Laser Games, Inc.4.23
A Fork in the Tale1997WindowsAny River Entertainment2.89
Kids on Site1994DOS, SEGA CDDigital Pictures, Inc....
Night Trap19923DO, DOS, Macintosh, SEGA 32X, SEGA CDDigital Pictures, Inc.3.62
Corpse Killer19943DO, Macintosh, SEGA 32X, SEGA CD, SEGA SaturnDigital Pictures, Inc.3.37
Slam City with Scottie Pippen1994DOS, SEGA 32X, SEGA CDDigital Pictures, Inc.1.14
Double Switch1993Macintosh, SEGA CD, SEGA Saturn, WindowsDigital Pictures, Inc.2.81
Supreme Warrior19943DO, DOS, Macintosh, SEGA 32X, SEGA CD, WindowsDigital Pictures, Inc.3.83
All Star Strip Poker: Girls at Work2006WindowsDigital Red Publishing1.58
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Selected Covers

Corpse Killer SEGA 32X Front Cover
Front cover for Corpse Killer
The Horde DOS Front Cover
Front cover for The Horde
Ibiza Babewatch Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Ibiza Babewatch
Noir: A Shadowy Thriller Windows 3.x Front Cover
Front cover for Noir: A Shadowy Thriller

Selected Screenshots

Title Screen
Screenshot from Corpse Killer
Title screen
Screenshot from The Horde
Title and Main Menu featuring Chessie Moon (in Russian)
Screenshot from Ibiza Babewatch
Jack Slayton's Office
Screenshot from Noir: A Shadowy Thriller